Prof Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman

arts research University of Brighton

Jonathan Chapman is a Professor of Sustainable Design in the School of Art, Design & Media, Deputy Director of Design Research Initiatives and Course Leader of the MA Sustainable Design, which he co-wrote and launched (2009). His teaching, consultancy and research have grown from their early polemical and activist roots, to developing strategic counterpoints to the unsustainable character of contemporary material culture.

Today, Professor Chapman is considered a key contributor to the discourse(s) on sustainability and design, internationally; receiving significant levels of critical acclaim from the United Nations (UN), New StatesmanNew York Times, The Telegraph, The GuardianThe Independent, several features and interviews on BBC Radio 4 (Something Understood, Material World, Click-On and The Today Programme) and the New Scientist, who described him as a ‘mover and shaker', and, ‘a new breed of sustainable design thinker’.

He has written two books; his monograph, Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences & Empathy (Routledge, 2005) and his co-edited work, Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays (Earthscan, 2007). Since publication in June 2005, the term ‘emotional durability’ has been adopted by designers, students and educators around the world, providing valuable shorthand for the complex and manifold factors that determine the endurance of ‘value’ and ‘meaning’ in a given object. As a result, the book has been widely adopted by professional designers at some of the world’s largest design-led corporations including SONY, Philips and Samsung. The book is also core reading at many of the world’s leading Design schools from Parsons, The Royal College of Art, Stanford and TU Delft to Seoul National University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Tsukuba.

In addition to writing several contributing chapters in peer-reviewed books (2008, 2009, 2010) and research papers in scholarly journals such as Design Issues (2008, 2009), he was invited to stand before the House of Lords (2008) and present formal evidence as part of their Enquiry into Waste Reduction; advising on the development of EU environmental policies for the design and disposal of electronic products. He has been employed as a consultant for The Science Museum (UK), the London Design Festival (UK), Alfred Dunhill, Clarks International, MISTRA (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research), FitFlop, NHS and H&M. He is currently engaged in a broad range of consulting activities with world leading sports lifestyle brand, Puma.

Professor Chapman is a member of several sustainability advisory boards, including Puma, D&AD and the Design Museum. He is also co-founder of the Inheritable Futures Laboratory, a reviewer for Earthscan Publishers, The Taylor & Francis Group, Lawrence King and Berg, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Group for the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (Intellect Books). He was guest editor of the Journal of Engineering Design (2009).